Capital of Tex-Mex by
"Mi Tierra is a noisy, good-smelling, visually dizzying place, hung with
thousands of Christmas lights. It's also one of the oldest, biggest,
and best Tex-Mex restaurants in San Antonio, a city that can lay claim to being
the Tex-Mex capital of the world."
of the Century by
"Runner-up: Mi Tierra, which successfully mass-marketed Mexican
food to San Antonio and had the good sense never to become a chain."
Tierra Cafe & Bakery
By day a respectable place for families and power lunches, by night
the last stop after bars and clubs close.
Strings of colorful holiday lights hang from the ceiling all year-round
Mi Tierra carries the festive atmosphere of El Mercado indoors.
The family-run restaurant is a downtown landmark. Tourists inevitably
turn here for Mexican breakfasts. Late-night crowds are made up
of locals who know that the restaurant never closes.
The menu reflects the standard San Antonio Tex-Mex fare: cheese,
eggs, beans and lots of it. Mi Tierra may not boast the best Mexican
food in town, but the tortillas are fresh, and overall it's a respectable
introduction for the uninitiated. Don't forget that "bakery" is
part of the official name for a reason. Stop by for above-average
coffee and a pan dulce (such as a delicious pumpkin empanada). Get
it to go and stroll through El Mercado.
because it's a 24-hour Tex-Mex joint that pulls in lots of tourists
doesn't mean it can't be good. If the food and huge bakery counter
don't cheer you up, Mi Tierra's year-round, Christmasy decor might.